Family Programs


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Our Family to Family Program assists families involved with the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services who are in need of resources, advocacy, and support. The program offers support groups for relative, foster, and adoptive caregivers, hosts reunification visits for relative or biological family members, as well as offers services for youth aging out of foster care. Staff provide a family-friendly environment to all participants and encourage independence and personal growth. Additionally, the Family to Family Program manages University Settlement's Baby Box distribution which gives new baby starter kits that double as safe sleep spaces for infants to new or expecting parents.

Manager: Karla Trammell


Building Strong Families

One program that encompasses three different programs that come together to better serve families. These programs are Strengthening Families, the Fatherhood Initiative, & Transition-In-Place Housing program. University Settlement recognizes that families are made up of all types of individuals: sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts; friends, neighbors, etc.

Manager: Frederick Knuckles



Our Strengthening Families program offers strengths-based case management, family-centered Family Education Sessions and hosts Parent Cafes to help families learn the skills necessary to advocate for their needs.  Clients work with staff to identify their needs and set personal goals in 5 areas; healthcare, employment, legal issues, parenting, and education. Staff utilize wraparound support to provide clients with items such as bus passes, cleaning supplies, and rental assistance to ensure that clients can continue to attend the program, and that both parents and children remain safely housed. 



Fatherhood Connections focuses on fathers at Willow, Mound, Fullerton and Warner Road Girl’s Academy.  The program offers case management, support groups, parent education sessions, advocacy for fathers, and father-child activities and events such as the annual Father Daughter dance.


After placement in stable housing, families receive case management, home visits, and referrals to community programs and resources to ensure they maintain stable and permanent housing. Families are eligible only through referral from Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services Central Intake located at 1736 Superior Ave. in Cleveland.